Lars Gustavsson, a Swedish national, has spent most of his professional life working in the Overseas Development Assistance Industry. Through-out most of his life he has led many “Build-Operate-Transfer” efforts ranging from small company start-ups, to consortia and coalitions, to major organizational functional change efforts, to academia and new degree programmes, to major complex relief efforts, to major infrastructure projects.

Currently, Lars is World Vision International’s Chief Futurist. Prior to this, he served as World Vision International’s Senior Executive Officer and Vice President for Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs, Collaboration and Business Innovation. This role included managing WV’s Global Capitals portfolio, Global Supply Chain, Global Fleet Management, and Global Travel Service.

Prior to joining World Vision in 1998, Lars served as Senior Administrator for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International’s Economic Development portfolio and as the organization’s liaison specialist for the countries of the former Soviet Union and the French-speaking African nations.

Lars is an Adjunct Professor in the School of International Public Health at Loma Linda University in California. He is principal architect of the Master’s Degree for International Development for ADRA International in Washington, DC and Andrews University in Michigan, and also one of the co-contributors to the establishment of a Masters in Humanitarian Logistics at the University of Lugano in southern Switzerland, and a new Master’s Degree in International and Community Development hosted by Southern University in Collegedale, Tennessee. He is a member of APF – the Association of Professional Futurists – and serves as an Executive in Residence at the INSEAD University in France.

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